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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by December 1

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by December 4

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages)
Late fall and early winter are times for reflection in the garden. As frost settles on the landscape and plants go dormant for the winter, conscious clean-up can begin. Many of our native species overwinter in leaf litter, stems and underground. What you leave and how you leave it greatly impacts the diversity of flora and fauna alike in the spring. Join our native landscape specialists to see how they handle cutting, clean-up, brush piles and more

Register by December 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
If you live near trees you have no doubt heard the distinct drumming of a woodpecker. But did you know that woodpeckers play an important role in Missouri’s forest communities? Join us as we peck into the wacky world of Missouri’s woodpeckers. Plus, we will demonstrate how you can make suet to attract woodpeckers to your backyard.

Register by December 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+)
Are you interested in becoming part of the growing world of Citizen Science but aren't sure how to get started? Join us for our next Citizen Science Saturday! Let's start by reviewing how to use iNaturalist and learn about eBird! We will blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect to specialists in the science world and help gather wildlife data for one of the area winter bird counts. iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets are recommended.

Register by December 4

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Learn to clean, store and prepare your winter trout.

Participants will have a hands on opportunity to clean some trout, then we'll prepare the trout that we cleaned for everyone to sample using some favorite and delicious methods.

Dress appropriately for the weather because part of this program will be outside.

Register by December 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+)
Are you interested in becoming part of the growing world of Citizen Science but aren't sure how to get started? Join us for our next Citizen Science Saturday! Let's start by reviewing how to use iNaturalist and learn about eBird! We will blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect to specialists in the science world and help gather wildlife data for one of the area winter bird counts. iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets are recommended.

Register by December 8

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

With literally thousands of options, it can sometimes be difficult to choose the right scope for you. In this seminar, we will talk about how to go about selecting the right optic for you, options for mounting it and how to mount it. Then we’ll discuss how to bore sight and zero your new scope.

Register by December 10

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 6:30pm to Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Children and their parents can attend this clinic together and learn everything they need to know about catching our areas winter time urban trout. Kids will also have an opportunity to try their luck at catching a few of these scrappy cold water fighters.

THIS WILL BE A TWO PART CLINIC.... Participants must attend the lesson inorder to participate in the fishing opportunity.

We'll meet at the Burr Oaks Woods Nature Center on Thursday evening, December 10th, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm for a trout fishing lesson. Participants will learn all about the urban trout and how to catch them.

Then we'll meet again, bright and early Saturday morning, December 12th, 8:30am - 11:00am at Honker Pond (James A Reeds Memorial Wildlife Area 12405 SE Ranson Rd, Lee's Summit, MO 64082) where we'll try our hands at catching some hungry trout.

Dress for the weather but if you get cold while you are fishing you can take a break to warm up by the fire and enjoy some hot chocolate.

Only children 16 years of age and younger can fish at Honker Pond but parents and family members are welcome to attend with their angler.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide all of the equipment, bait, fishing coaches, hot chocolate and a warm fire.

Children do not need a trout permit to fish at this event as long as they plan to release their fish, if they would like to keep the trout that they catch they will need a trout permit. Permits will not be available at this event but they can be purchased online here https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/permits
or at any permit vendor.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

If bad weather is forcast the day of this event it may be postponed. You will be contacted if any changes are necessary

Register by December 10

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. We’ll cover safety, appropriate guns and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you can bring your own.

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Shooting a modern muzzleloader is safe, fun and can help extend your hunting season. In this class, our certified instructors will teach you everything you need to know to get started using them today. Course topics will include the various equipment options, muzzleloader safety, shooting fundamentals and more.

Register by December 11

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Who’s hopping up that tree, making that sound or eating that birdseed? Find out the answer to these and many more questions as we explore the feathery creatures of our backyards. Weather dependent we will hike down the trail to explore the nearby woods for cool bird species. This program is part of the Blue Springs Let’s Move.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages)
Thinking of making the holidays a little greener this season? Then join us for one of the Discovery Center's favorite holiday traditions. Discover how to decorate using native plants and trees. Fashion a festive holiday swag or wreath to hang using red cedar, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seed pods, game bird feathers and your imagination.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages)
Thinking of making the holidays a little greener this season? Then join us for one of the Discovery Center's favorite holiday traditions. Discover how to decorate using native plants and trees. Fashion a festive holiday swag or wreath to hang using red cedar, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seed pods, game bird feathers and your imagination.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages)
Thinking of making the holidays a little greener this season? Then join us for one of the Discovery Center's favorite holiday traditions. Discover how to decorate using native plants and trees. Fashion a festive holiday swag or wreath to hang using red cedar, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seed pods, game bird feathers and your imagination.

Register by December 11

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
Energy flows through nature in amazing and dynamic ways. Explore food webs through games to help understand how nature is all connected.

Register by December 11

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 1:45pm to 2:15pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
Energy flows through nature in amazing and dynamic ways. Explore food webs through games to help understand how nature is all connected.

Register by December 11

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
Energy flows through nature in amazing and dynamic ways. Explore food webs through games to help understand how nature is all connected.

Register by December 14

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
There are critters in those woods! Out in that field, there is wildlife! Don’t believe me? We may not always see animals out in the wild but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Critters may think they’re sneaky but. . . they always leave a trail!

Register by December 14

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only(ages 3-5 with an adult)
There are critters in those woods! Out in that field, there is wildlife! Don’t believe me? We may not always see animals out in the wild but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Critters may think they’re sneaky but…they always leave a trail!

Register by December 15

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by December 16

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+)
Catching a fish on a jig or fly that you created is a very satisfying experience. Discover the process to make jigs and flies that will catch lots of fish. This hands-on class is for beginner to intermediate experience levels. All materials will be provided and participants will take home the lures they create.

Register by December 17

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This class covers the basic equipment, materials, and techniques needed to reload ammunition and customize the loads to your firearms. We will demonstrate the process and then give you some hands-on experience reloading ammunition. All equipment and materials are provided.

Register by December 19

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+)
Catching a fish on a jig or fly that you created is a very satisfying experience. Discover the process to make jigs and flies that will catch lots of fish. This hands-on class is for beginner to intermediate experience levels. All materials will be provided and participants will take home the lures they create.

Register by December 18

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Winter seems to be a time when wild animals either hibernate or head south but there are quite a few who are winter warriors! Adapting to the environment is just one of the many ways animals seem to thrive in the sometimes-harsh conditions of the Missouri winters. Join us in an exploration of how some animals not only survive in the chilly winter but thrive.

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